LAYTON — With construction on the West Davis Corridor looming, the transportation department is now looking to study a major extension of State Route 193 that would connect to the new highway.
The Utah Department of Transportation is seeking approval from the Utah Transportation Commission to use a $230,000 surplus from a previously completed project to help fund an environmental review that would study extending S.R. 193 from 3000 West to 4500 West in West Point.
Construction of the West Davis Corridor is set to begin in 2020. The $725 million, 19-mile highway will serve as an alternative to Interstate 15 in western Weber and Davis Counties and should be open to traffic by 2020. UDOT says as the new road comes on line, S.R. 193 will see an increased traffic demand, putting additional stress on what is already one of the Top of Utah’s busiest east/west arterials.
“It’s already a busy road,” said UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders. “And it’s going to get busier.”
The plan is to connect the road to the WDC near the extension at 4500 West. A connection there would link S.R. 193 to what will be the three major north/south routes in Northern Utah: the WDC, I-15 and U.S. 89.
According to UDOT traffic statistics, the busiest section of S.R. 193 carries about 40,000 vehicles per day. In addition to its current freeway and U.S. 89 connections, S.R. 193 also serves Clearfield High School, Hill Air Force Base, Weber State University‘s Davis Campus, the Davis County Landfill and several other schools and businesses.
Though there aren’t precise traffic projections for S.R. 193 itself, a look at state population forecasts released with the WDC Environmental Impact Statement paints the picture of future traffic possibilities. According to UDOT, the number of households in western Weber and Davis counties is expected to increase by more than 65 percent by 2040. Davis County is already the second most densely populated county in the state.
The proposed extension of S.R. 193 is the latest in a series of capacity adding projects to the road.
A year ago, UDOT finished work on a $5.5 million extension of S.R. 193 from 2000 West to 3000 West near the Syracuse/West Point border. The state also completed a project to repave the road from U.S. 89 to Hill Field Road and finished a major reconstruction of the road’s I-15 interchange. A $58.5 million extension of S.R. 193 from I-15 to 2000 West was completed in 2014.